This book is a selection of some of Tagore’s best short stories. They display a versatility that ranges from the fanciful, supernatural tale, ‘Hungry Stones’, to the delicate, poignant story of an adolescent in ‘The Home-Coming’. Tagore had a remarkable capacity to empathise with people in different situations and his characterisation shows a great deal of psychological insight. A master of the short story genre, Tagore can evoke pathos and humour at the same time. His sense of the comic gives him – and the reader – an objective view of otherwise sentimental situations.
These stories have a firm, narrative treatment and delight the young and old alike.